2016 Speakers


Keynotes


Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely

SARA BLAKELY is founder and owner of SPANX, Inc. She founded SPANX in 2000 with $5,000 in savings. A frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, ... Read Full Bio
Annie E. Clark

Annie E. Clark

ANNIE E. CLARK is a co-founder of EROC, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at... Read Full Bio
Anita Hill

Anita Hill

ANITA HILL is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She is a vital leader in both the civil r... Read Full Bio
Gayle King

Gayle King

GAYLE KING is a co-host of "CBS This Morning,” and editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine. King previously hoste... Read Full Bio
Kevin O’Leary

Kevin O’Leary

KEVIN O’LEARY was born to a middle class family in 1954. The combination of his mother’s family heritage as merchants and his father’s Ir... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Renee Connolly

Renee Connolly

RENEE CONNOLLY is the global head of communications and business markets/services at MilliporeSigma, where she leverages the power of education... Read Full Bio
Linda Pizzuti Henry

Linda Pizzuti Henry

LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY is the managing director at the The Boston Globe. She is a co-founder of HUBweek, a fantastic collaboration between the Bo... Read Full Bio
Maria Stephanos

Maria Stephanos

MARIA STEPHANOS is an anchor, WCVB Channel 5 and The 10 O'Clock News on MeTV Boston. She is also co-anchor of NewsCenter 5... Read Full Bio
Karen Holmes Ward

Karen Holmes Ward

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services for WCVB5. She is also the host and executive producer of “CityLi... Read Full Bio

Speakers


Rekha Abichandani

Rekha Abichandani

REKHA ABICHANDANI, MD, MS is group vice president clinical development and therapeutic area head for oncology at Shire. She has over 15 years o... Read Full Bio
Allison Bebo

Allison Bebo

ALLISON BEBO is senior vice president, human resources with Hologic. She joined Hologic in February 2015 with 15 years of human resources exper... Read Full Bio
Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake

JENNY BLAKE is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, ... Read Full Bio
Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

LISA BODELL is the founder and CEO of futurethink. She is the best-selling author of “Kill the Company,” and her latest book, “Why Simple Wins.” A dynam... Read Full Bio
Jane Bowman

Jane Bowman

JANE BOWMAN is the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Boston Globe Media, where she works to develop new consumer and ... Read Full Bio
Karen Cahn

Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is the founder and CEO of VProud Labs, a video company that created iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women, VProud.tv a ... Read Full Bio
Beth Carlson

Beth Carlson

BETH CARLSON is vice president of global talent development and organizational effectiveness for Raytheon Company. She brings more than 30 year... Read Full Bio
Nicole Castillo

Nicole Castillo

NICOLE CASTILLO the co-founder of BeVisible, a career-building and social media platform for Latino M... Read Full Bio
Pooja Chandrashekar

Pooja Chandrashekar

POOJA CHANDRASHEKAR is currently a sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in biomedical engineering with a secondary in global health a... Read Full Bio
Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. Her latest books, ... Read Full Bio
Beth Clymer

Beth Clymer

BETH CLYMER is the executive vice president of Bain Capital. She joined Bain Capital in 2009 and is a member of the firm’s portfolio group... Read Full Bio
Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen

CAROL FISHMAN COHEN is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch. She consults to some of the world's largest corporations on developing career reen... Read Full Bio
Sara Conahan

Sara Conahan

SARA CONAHAN is the director of community and philanthropy at Suffolk Construction. She is responsible for the strategic direction and imp... Read Full Bio
Catherine Corley

Catherine Corley

CATHERINE CORLEY is senior vice president of global operations with Catalyst. She is an accomplished senior marketing executive and business le... Read Full Bio
Theresa S. Creasey

Theresa S. Creasey

THERESA S. CREASEY is the head of the applied solutions strategic marketing and innovation (SMI) team with MilliporeSigma. She oversees resea... Read Full Bio
Dina Creiger

Dina Creiger

Dina Creiger founded Choose To Be Nice in 2013 following the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings.  Wanting to always instill the importance of ki... Read Full Bio
Dawn Dickson

Dawn Dickson

DAWN DICKSON is founder and CEO of Flat Out of Heels. She created the rollable flats out of necessity. In February 2011, Dickson was attendin... Read Full Bio
Molly Flick

Molly Flick

MOLLY FLICK is the vice president, North America services, unity lab services with Thermo Fisher Scientific.  She has over 15 year of seni... Read Full Bio
Nancy E. Frates

Nancy E. Frates

NANCY E. FRATES is the creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge. On March 13, 2011 Frates’ 27 year old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehri... Read Full Bio
Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne Garcia is senior vice president and Global head of client solutions group and program management office with State Street Corporation. ... Read Full Bio
Tali Golan

Tali Golan

Tali Golanis head of the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation. From her first international flight at the age of one, Golan’s fate was to become... Read Full Bio
Dyan M. Goodwin

Dyan M. Goodwin

DYAN M. GOODWIN joined Bank of America in 2002 as a senior vice president in the private client group, now U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private W... Read Full Bio
Hannah Grove

Hannah Grove

HANNAH GROVE is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of State Street Corporation. In this position, Grove leads the brand, medi... Read Full Bio
Carla Harris

Carla Harris

CARLA HARRIS is a vice chairman, wealth management, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley.  Harris has extensive indus... Read Full Bio
Dr. Susan Harvey

Dr. Susan Harvey

DR. SUSAN HARVEY is the director of breast imaging at Johns Hopkins. She is board certified in diagnostic radiology and is affiliated with Sib... Read Full Bio
Marsha Haygood

Marsha Haygood

MARSHA HAYGOOD is an author, talent development expert and empowerment coach, and the president of StepWise Associates. She has been featu... Read Full Bio
Marian L. Heard

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and bran... Read Full Bio
Nora Herting

Nora Herting

NORA HERTING is a co-founder and principal at ImageThink, and an award-winning artist with a background in education and facilitation. A former... Read Full Bio
Susan Hodgkinson

Susan Hodgkinson

Susan Hodgkinsonfounded The Personal Brand Company in 1994. She was the first practitioner in the U.S. to combine 15 years of a corporate marke... Read Full Bio
Reihaneh Irani-Famili

Reihaneh Irani-Famili

REIHANEH IRANI-FAMILI is a vice president of business readiness and design at ... Read Full Bio
Donna A. James

Donna A. James

DONNA A. JAMES is a trusted resource and advisor to leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from entrepreneurs to C-suite executives... Read Full Bio
Caytha Jentis

Caytha Jentis

CAYTHA JENTIS is an award winning independent filmmaker. Her most recent project is “The Other F Word,” a comedic series on Amazon about fo... Read Full Bio
Thea Kocher

Thea Kocher

THEA KOCHER has over 11 years’ experience in the luxury beauty industry. She started at Bliss, a multi-channel spa and skincare company in Ne... Read Full Bio
Dr. Deborah Kolb

Dr. Deborah Kolb

DR. DEBORAH KOLB is Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership (Emerita), and co-founder of the Ford Foundation funded Center fo... Read Full Bio
Irene Lam

Irene Lam

IRENE LAM is the vice president of product development for the newly formed integrated offerings within building management system business in ... Read Full Bio
Stephanie Lampkin

Stephanie Lampkin

STEPHANIE LAMPKIN is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, merit-based matching, a mobile job matching app that uses a blind recruiting strategy t... Read Full Bio
Jill Larsen

Jill Larsen

JILL LARSEN is SVP of strategic talent acquisition, people planning, and services HR at Cisco. Over the last two years, she has transformed Cis... Read Full Bio
Shirley Leung

Shirley Leung

SHIRLEY LEUNG is a columnist at The Boston Globe, writing on everything from the cost of the Olympics, to gender issues in the work... Read Full Bio
Jess Lively

Jess Lively

JESS LIVELY is an online teacher and the host of the podcast, “The Lively Show.” Through her online classes and The Lively Show podcast, L... Read Full Bio
Stella Low

Stella Low

STELLA LOW is the senior vice president of global communications with Dell. She is a senior marketing and communications professional with over... Read Full Bio
Courtney Lynch

Courtney Lynch

Courtney Lynch  is a founding partner of Lead Star. Together with partner Angie Morgan, Lead Star was created as an agile, high-caliber leader... Read Full Bio
Heather Majewski

Heather Majewski

HEATHER MAJEWSKI is assistant vice president and head of wellness innovation with John Hancock Insurance. She performed a key role in developin... Read Full Bio
Jo Malone

Jo Malone

JO MALONE has been described as an “English scent maverick,” and is the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragr... Read Full Bio
Margaret A. McKenna

Margaret A. McKenna

MARGARET A. McKENNA is a lawyer and educator, is a leading expert in educational opportunity, civic engagement and philanthropy.  She is pres... Read Full Bio
Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz McKeon

JAMI WINTZ MCKEON is chair of Morgan Lewis. She directs the firm’s strategic growth and its s...
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Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan

Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan

DR. MYECHIA MINTER-JORDAN is president and CEO of The Dimock Center, the largest employer in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and the second-largest he... Read Full Bio
Carolyn Muise

Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE is vice president and chief customer officer for voice of the customer analytics and intelligence platform with Dell. <... Read Full Bio
Helaine Olen

Helaine Olen

HELAINE OLEN is a columnist at Slate, where she writes “The Bills,” a column focusing on the intersection of money, life, economics, societ... Read Full Bio
Jennie Orrico

Jennie Orrico

JENNIE ORRICO serves as Shire’s chief compliance and risk officer, with responsibility for all of Shire’s compliance efforts globally and ... Read Full Bio
Laura Orvidas

Laura Orvidas

LAURA ORVIDAS has over 20 years of experience in general management and strategy. She is the vice president of the consumer electronics store ... Read Full Bio
Joan Parsons

Joan Parsons

JOAN PARSONS is executive vice president, head of specialty banking and a member of the executive committee for Silicon Valley Bank. She is th... Read Full Bio
Tracy Pitcher

Tracy Pitcher

TRACY PITCHER serves as senior vice president of the Comcast greater Boston region. In this role, she is the company’s top executive respons... Read Full Bio
Julie A. Planchet

Julie A. Planchet

JULIE A. PLANCHET is vice president and general manager of the portable analytical instruments business at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In her cu... Read Full Bio
Liz Powers

Liz Powers

LIZ POWERS is the co-founder and chief happiness spreader at ArtLifting, a business that empowers artists experiencing homelessness and disabi... Read Full Bio
Alison Quirk

Alison Quirk

Alison A. Quirk is an executive vice president at State Street Corporation and is chief human resources and citizenship officer. She joined Sta... Read Full Bio
Aparna Rayasam

Aparna Rayasam

APARNA RAYASAM has over 19 years of experience in software engineering, working of some of the most challenging technical problems in the indu... Read Full Bio
Tami Reiss

Tami Reiss

TAMI REISS leads the Cyrus team to deliver great results for our clients. She focuses on ensuring that Cyrus is a great development partner, gu... Read Full Bio
Emily Riemer

Emily Riemer

EMILY RIEMER is an award-winning journalist with WCVB. She is a co-anchor for the NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener and also serves as NewsCenter 5's Me... Read Full Bio
Paula Rizzo

Paula Rizzo

PAULA RIZZO is the author of “Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.”  She’s also a s... Read Full Bio
Elizabeth Kolb Robillard

Elizabeth Kolb Robillard

ELIZABETH KOLB ROBILLARD has spent her career in tech startups. She is currently the vice president of business development and operations for ... Read Full Bio
Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

SARAH ROBB O’HAGAN has been described as “Superwoman undercover” and the “Pied Piper of Potential.” A high-energy combination of dis... Read Full Bio
Lelsey Jane Seymour

Lelsey Jane Seymour

LELSEY JANE SEYMOUR is a media entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most respected editorial leaders. She is creating an online club calle... Read Full Bio
Egypt Sherrod

Egypt Sherrod

EGYPT SHERROD is the host of HGTV’s all new “Flipping Virgins,” and the top-rated, “Property Virgins,” which ran for 16 seasons. Sher... Read Full Bio
Nina Tassler

Nina Tassler

Nina Tassler is an American television executive and author. She previously held such positions as president, and also chairman of CBS Entertai... Read Full Bio
Lynn D. Tinney

Lynn D. Tinney

Lynn D. Tinneyis vice president, Americas Channels for Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, Tinney served as the director of... Read Full Bio
Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, including “I Know How She Does It,” “What the Most Succe... Read Full Bio
Barb Vlacich

Barb Vlacich

BARB VLACICH is vice president, global sales operations with Kronos Incorporated. In this role, she is responsible for the 3... Read Full Bio
Anna Voremberg

Anna Voremberg

ANNA VOREMBERG is the managing director for End Rape on Campus (EROC). She is a 2013 graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA where she ... Read Full Bio
Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her boo... Read Full Bio
Wendy Wecksell

Wendy Wecksell

WENDY WECKSELL is CEO of I Am That Girl, a global movement to transform self-doubt to self-love in students at high schools and colleges acros... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Nyra Bannis

Nyra Bannis

NYRA BANNIS joined Shire Pharmaceuticals in September, 2010, where she currently holds the role of senior director of patient services.  In th... Read Full Bio
Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

JENNIFER DAVIS is vice president of global communications with Dell. She joined Dell in Dec. 2000 and currently leads internal and external co... Read Full Bio
Jodi Euerle Eddy

Jodi Euerle Eddy

JODI EUERLE EDDY is a senior vice president and the CIO for Boston Scientific, a medical device company thattransforms lives through innovativ... Read Full Bio
Gwen Fisher

Gwen Fisher

GWEN FISHER joined Shire in January 2012 and is currently head of U.S. commercial communications.  In this position, she leads a season... Read Full Bio
Lori Fontaine

Lori Fontaine

LORI FONTAINE is vice president of clinical affairs at Hologic, Inc. and is responsible for driving and executing global clinical research and... Read Full Bio
Julie Haskell

Julie Haskell

Julie Haskell is managing director, global inclusion and diversity with State Street Corporation In this role, Haskell leads inclusion, diversi... Read Full Bio
Jerome Katz

Jerome Katz

Jerome Katz is vice president, global service provider for Cisco Systems. He leads Cisco’s Cable and Media Service Provider service delivery ... Read Full Bio
Rita Kenahan

Rita Kenahan

RITA KENAHAN is senior manager of professional education for Johnson & Johnson medical devices, where she manages nurse education initiati... Read Full Bio
Joe Kowan

Joe Kowan

Joe Kowan is an assistant vice president and design director with State Street Global Marketing’s brand and client experience team, specializ... Read Full Bio
Susan Vissers Lisa

Susan Vissers Lisa

SUSAN VISSERS LISA is vice president of investor relations at Boston Scientific Corporation. She has over 25 years of diverse financial and he... Read Full Bio
Katherine Lucas

Katherine Lucas

Katherine Lucas is managing director and head of marketing, North America with State Street Corporation. She is a managing director and she hea... Read Full Bio
Jamila Payne

Jamila Payne

JAMILA PAYNE is the president and CEO of Ideas Action Design and creator, of Daily Success Method™. The e-commerce business offers person... Read Full Bio
Lisa A. Wyman

Lisa A. Wyman

LISA A. WYMAN is senior director and head of quality compliance and data analytics at Shire. She is an accomplished biotechnology and medical d... Read Full Bio

Health & Wellness Classroom Speaker


Karen Bentley

Karen Bentley

KAREN BENTLEY is a best-selling author, and health educator. Since 1998 she has been a leader in the movement to create awareness about the dan... Read Full Bio
Samantha Hand

Samantha Hand

SAMANTHA HAND is the government contracting and pricing compliance officer, medical device sector, Johnson & Johnson started her career in... Read Full Bio
Martina Jahrbacher

Martina Jahrbacher

Martina Jahrbacher is the vice president of concept-to-consumer at Reebok International, focusing on the roll-out of Reebok’s strategy and bu... Read Full Bio
Christina Khoo

Christina Khoo

Christina Khoo is the director of global health science and regulatory affairs with Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. in the department of global m... Read Full Bio
Mary Mahony

Mary Mahony

Mary Mahony is vice president, fertility and endocrinology, in US medical affairs at EMD Serono. In this role, she is responsible for the medic... Read Full Bio
Kathleen Tullie

Kathleen Tullie

KATHLEEN TULLIE is director of social responsibility for Reebok International. She is also the founder and executive directo... Read Full Bio
Dr. Paul Underwood

Dr. Paul Underwood

DR. PAUL UNDERWOOD is the medical director for interventional cardiology and structural heart department for the Close the Gap program with Bo... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Bella Boutet

Bella Boutet

BELLA BOUTET is a social data storyteller, turning unstructured data into meaningful insights to inform business strategy. As a social media e... Read Full Bio
Colleen Bradley-MacArthur

Colleen Bradley-MacArthur

COLLEEN BRADLEY-MacARTHUR has had a 15 year career in media, including broadcast, corporate, educational and marketing video production and pro... Read Full Bio
Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton

BOBBIE CARLTON is founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, She is an award-winning marketing, PR and soci... Read Full Bio
Monica Cost

Monica Cost

MONICA COST is a Pathfinder, internet television host, author and speaker. Her unique Value Identification Process™, vision and ability to ex... Read Full Bio
Meridith Dennes

Meridith Dennes

MERIDITH DENNES is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women’s lifestyle media company online including some of the web’... Read Full Bio
Marsha Halperin Epstein

Marsha Halperin Epstein

MARSHA HALPERIN EPSTEIN is president and founder of the American Nanny Company.  An accidental entrepreneur who segued from a tenured profess... Read Full Bio
Andrea C. Imafidon

Andrea C. Imafidon

ANDREA C. IMAFIDON is a certified life and startup business coach and consultant, who helps clients turn their dreams, vision and ideas into pr... Read Full Bio
Adrienne Lavidor-Berman

Adrienne Lavidor-Berman

ADRIENNE LAVIDOR-BERMAN has been building online communities for over 15 years. Currently she works at WBUR.org, Boston's NPR news station, on... Read Full Bio
Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

NICOLE WILLIAMS learned in her early life, that there is a connection between the job we do and the quality of life we live. Williams loves the... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Kim Dawson

Kim Dawson

KIM DAWSON began her entrepreneurial life early, selling arts and crafts door-to-door in her neighborhood at the age of seven. This mindset con... Read Full Bio
Rita Ng

Rita Ng

RITA NG is the founder and owner of Boston Bonbon, which she founded in late 2014 with $5000 in savings. Boston Bonbon specializes in making Fr... Read Full Bio
Kit Pang

Kit Pang

KIT PANG is a public speaking coach, communication expert, TEDx and keynote speaker. He is the founder of BostonSpeaks. He loves to help indivi... Read Full Bio
Gwenn Rosener

Gwenn Rosener

GWENN ROSENER is a co-founder of FlexProfessionals, a niche staffing and recruiting firm that matches companies looking for seasoned part-time ... Read Full Bio
Ceylan Rowe

Ceylan Rowe

CEYLAN ROWE is the founder of Trendy Napkin and the MetroWest commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women. She has spent most of he... Read Full Bio
Tiffanie Stanard

Tiffanie Stanard

TIFFANIE STANARD is a technology influencer, speaker, media personality and serial entrepreneur. She has been featured in the 30 under 30 list... Read Full Bio
Jeanne Union

Jeanne Union

JEANNE UNION of Union Sales Presentation Coaching is an accomplished coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant with over 30 years’ experienc... Read Full Bio

Opening Night


Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year b... Read Full Bio
Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

JESSICA BENNETT is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes about women, sexuality and culture. She is a contributing writer at the ... Read Full Bio
Ellen Dolgen

Ellen Dolgen

Ellen Dolgen is an author, blogger, speaker, health, wellness and menopause awareness advocate. For Dolgen, menopause education is a mission. D... Read Full Bio
Kim Jackson

Kim Jackson

KIM JACKSON is the senior director of brand merchandising for ALEX and ANI. In this role, she works every day with a diverse group of innovato... Read Full Bio
Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn

SALLY KOHN is a political commentator with CNN and the Daily Beast. Previously a Fox News contributor, Kohn’s writing has appeared in the Read Full Bio
Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton

GLENNON DOYLE MELTON is the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times best-selling memoir, “Carry On, Warrior,”and the ... Read Full Bio